Dec 10 2009

Why Quotes from the Chinese are So Odd

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NPR’s coverage of China is really incredible.  I mean, they had Rob Gifford there for years, going into all these noooks and crannies and uncovering all of these really wonderful stories.  Now, they have lots of people with great voices reporting from China, like Luisa Lim (and Gifford is their London bureau chief). Continue Reading »

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Dec 02 2009

Oh, ReadyMade, Why Hast Thou Forsaken Me?

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I used to love it, but I won’t be buying anyone else a gift subscription to ReadyMade Magazine.  And, frankly, they can keep the rest of my subscription as well.  No reason to send it to me anymore. Continue Reading »

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Nov 21 2009

Time for NPR’s Daniel Schorr to Retire

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On timeline for health care bill in the Senate:
SS:
Uh, but of course the debate about the actual nuts and bolts of the legislation, that will go on for weeks or months…
DS:
Oh, that probably won’t start until well after Thanksgiving and it will go on and it’s predicted that it will be a matter of weeks and perhaps months and it’s going to be a real big showdown about whether a big piece of legislation like this can be enacted.
SS: Finally, Dan, Sarah Palin.
DS: Sarah Palin
SS: Bet you’ve seen her this week?
DS: I have seen a lot of her on television this week here and there and, uh, she’s done very well peddling her book.  There’s something about this country: it loves celebrities.  Whatever you may think, not everyone likes her, but some do, but whatever it is…
SS: Quite, quite a few do from the lines I’ve seen!
DS: And quite a few do and they’re on line, some of them even buying books, and this is America: Celebrityhood.
SS: Are we just jealous as fellow authors?
DS: Uh…
SS: I’ve never had lines like that for any of my book readings.
DS: I know, well, you know how it is.

I love Dan Schorr.  He is an absolute lion of journalism.  He was relentless on Watergate, was a Cold War staple in Germany, and is the last of Edward R. Murrow’s Boys that is still reporting.

But, the guy is 93 years old.  Listening to his commentary now is like listening to your great-grandparents.  They have amazing stories about things that happened half a century ago, but aren’t really with it when it comes to today’s news. Continue Reading »

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